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HAVEN, Gilbert, M. E. bishop, born in Malden, Massachusetts, 19 September, 1821; died there, 30 January, 1880. He united with the Methodist Episcopal church in his nineteenth year, became a student in Wesleyan university, and was graduated in 1846. Soon afterward he was employed as a teacher in Amenia seminary, New York, and while there was licensed to preach. Two years later he was chosen principal of the institution as successor to his kinsman, Hey. E. O. Haven. In 1851 he became a member of the New England conference, and entered upon the regular work of the ministry, and for the next nine years served as pastor of churches in Massachusetts. At the beginning of the civil war he was for part of the year 1861 chaplain of one of the Massachusetts regiments, but the state of his health soon compelled him to resign. In 1862 he travelled in western Europe, Palestine, Egypt, and Greece. After his return, having partially recovered his health, he resumed his ministerial work in Boston, and in 1867 was chosen to the editorship of "Zion's Herald," a weekly paper. In May, 1872, at the general conference held in Brooklyn, he was elected and ordained bishop. He had his official residence at Atlanta, Georgia, but travelled through all parts of the country in the discharge of his duties. He visited Mexico in 1873 and 1876, and Liberia in 1877, superintending and setting in order the missions in those countries. He was also actively interested in the educational work of his church, especially among the freedmen of the south, and Clark university, at Atlanta, was largely indebted for its prosperity to his wise counsels and liberal gifts. Bishop Haven was an able writer, a zealous reformer, an earnest preacher, and an indefatigable laborer. He was a delegate in the general conference of 1868, and in that of 1872. He steadfastly declined all honorary collegiate degrees. Besides his abundant writings in newspapers; magazines, and reviews, he published "The Pilgrim's Wallet, or Sketches of Travel in England, France, and Germany National Sermons Life of Father Taylor, the Sailor Preacher" (New York, 1871)" and "Our Next Door Neighbor, or a Winter in Mexico" (1875).
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